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Presentation by Gerry Gray, American Forests, at the Blandin Foundation sponsored Forest Values and Carbon Markets: Opportunities for Minnesota conference. February 25-26, 2009 at the Cloquet Forestry ...

Presentation by Gerry Gray, American Forests, at the Blandin Foundation sponsored Forest Values and Carbon Markets: Opportunities for Minnesota conference. February 25-26, 2009 at the Cloquet Forestry Center, Cloquet MN

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    • Forest Values and Carbon Markets: Opportunities for Minnesota Gerry Gray, American Forests February 26, 2009 Advancing a Reforestation Project Under the CCAR
    • A Reforestation Project Opportunity
      • Settlement Agreement between ConocoPhillips and CA Attorney General (September 10, 2007)
      • Reforestation project must be done in accordance with CCAR Forest Project Protocol
    • Exploring the Opportunity: California Climate Change Policies
      • California Climate Action Registry (2000)
      • Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act (2002)
      • California Global Warming Solutions Act (2006)
    • Exploring the Opportunity: California Climate Change Policies
      • Forest Project Protocol
      • Forest Sector Protocol
      • Forest Certification Protocol
    • Forest Project Protocol (2007)
      • Eligible Project Types
        • Reforestation
        • Conservation-Based Management
        • Conservation
    • Global ReLeaf
      • Environmental education and citizen action
      • Raise funds from individuals and companies
      • Grants for restoration tree planting projects
        • Planted over 25 million trees since 1990
        • Estimate carbon benefits as one ecosystem service
    • Reforestation Project Challenges
      • Lands must have been forests historically, but out of forest cover for at least 10 years.
        • Did not allow reforestation after disturbance
      • Required a permanent conservation easement.
        • Time-consuming and costly.
      • Public lands were ineligible.
        • Our work focused on public land reforestation.
    • A Public Land Reforestation Project
      • Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
        • Re-establish patches of native conifer trees for progression of reforestation.
        • Cedar Fire (2003) destroyed native forests on 24,000 acres, with little natural regeneration.
        • Ceanothis cover has replaced native forest and is expected to dominate in future.
        • CA DPR, Cal Fire, San Diego State University, and U. of CA, Santa Barbara.
    • Cuyamaca Reforestation Project
      • Carbon Offset Quantity and Accounting
        • Benefits come from accelerated restoration of forested landscape.
        • DPR and Cal Fire will register project with CCAR.
        • Additional CO2 reductions estimated to be 504,075 metric tons over 100 years.
    • Cuyamaca Reforestation Project
      • Co-Benefits
        • Habitat for native mammal and bird species.
        • Prevent spread of invasive weeds.
        • Reduce erosion risks.
        • Protect watershed function, archealogical sites, botanical reserves, and recreational capacity.
    • Revising the CA Forest Protocol
      • Year-long, multi-stakeholder workgroup process
        • Allow greater landowner participation, particularly public lands and industrial working forests.
        • Improve the protocols' clarity, accuracy, conservatism, environmental integrity, and cost-effectiveness.
      • Revised Forest Project Protocol
        • Released draft in December 2008.
        • Expected to be considered by CCAR Board in April 2009.
        • In addition, the workgroup continues to explore other issues, such as the treatment of harvested wood products.
    • Revised Forest Project Protocol
      • Eligible forest project types (non-urban)
        • Reforestation
        • Improved Forest Management
        • Avoided Conversion
      • Reforestation—major changes
        • . . . less than 10% canopy for a minimum of 10 years, or have been subject to a significant disturbance within the last 10 years.
        • A significant disturbance is defined as the loss of 20% of the project area’s forest carbon stocks.
        • This project type may apply on both private and public lands.
    • Revised Forest Project Protocol
      • Additionality
        • Determined by reference to a discrete, forward-looking quantitative baseline estimate of business-as-usual carbon stocks.
      • Project Implementation Agreement
        • An agreement between landowner and the Reserve, not necessarily requiring a conservation easement. (Public lands are exempt.)
      • Project Location
        • All forestry-based GHG projects located on public and private lands in the U.S. are eligible to register with the Reserve.
    • Revised Forest Project Protocol
      • Permanence
        • Projects must insure against reversals
          • Contribute to a Climate Reserve buffer pool, or
          • Take out insurance with an approved provider.
      • Annual monitoring reports
      • Third party verification
    • Change and Opportunity
      • Climate change will bring physical and biological changes.
      • Climate change policy will bring regulatory and market changes.
      • CCAR and other offset programs present voluntary-market opportunities.
      • Multi-level policy discussions present opportunity for learning and advocacy.
    • RVCC Climate Change Principles
      • Develop and fund opportunities for climate change research, education, and monitoring.
      • Create federal climate policies that protect the most vulnerable populations, as well as climate-sensitive public goods.
      • Integrate climate change mitigation with forest restoration efforts.
      • Foster mitigation through forest carbon-offset markets and ecosystem services.
      • Promote green jobs.
      • American Forests and Global ReLeaf information at:
      • www.americanforests.org
      • Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition information at: www.sustainablenorthwest.org